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Thursday, 2 August 2001

Hotels help parents of sick children

Sydney's leading 3, 4 and 5 Star hotels are assisting Sydney's children's hospitals by providing accommodation for the parents of sick children.

Since 1996 members of the Accommodation Division of the Australian Hotels Association (NSW) through the Hospital Accommodation Programme have donated over a million dollars worth of free rooms to parents who cannot obtain hospital accommodation or, for a number of reasons, afford to pay for a hotel or motel room.

The 2001-2002 Programme was launched this morning at The Landmark Parkroyal. During the next twelve months over a thousand room nights, worth over $200,000, will be given to the Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick and The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

'AHA (NSW) Accommodation Division hotels are very pleased to be able to help the two children's hospitals with accommodation for parents,' the Accommodation Division Chairman, Mr David Travers, said.

'During the last five years the Programme has benefited countless families from country NSW and interstate who have been able to stay close to their sick children.

'We are most pleased to be able to take at least one worry away from the parents of sick children, the worry of where they will stay.

Professor White spoke about the importance of the scheme to Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick; 'Given the hospital's commitment to families and their children, this Scheme is extremely helpful in providing accommodation, particularly for families from rural and remote regions'.

The participating hotels are in Sydney suburbs stretching from the CBD to Coogee, Manly, North Sydney, Arncliffe, Brighton le Sands and Parramatta.

For Further Information Contact:

Catharina Boer, Public Affairs Manager Tel: 9382 3571 - Mob:0411 730 842

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